Fourth-grade students at Everson Elementary spent time thinking about what a scientist is. The students in Jamie McMillen's class were first asked to describe a scientist, writing down words on notecards—and then in a very scientific way of using words were then able to build the tallest tower they could from those notecards.
Next, students drew what they thought a scientist looked like. With this exercise, expect to see plenty of drawings of males with stereotypical wild hair and a potion of some sort.
"I'll use this to launch into that they are scientists," McMillen says. She'll create a wall with each of their pictures, encouraging them to understand that they are actual scientists.